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Swansea University researchers discover soil with superbug fighting qualities

For over 200 years, people have been flocking to Boho where the soil was said to cure ailments Credit: ITV

Researchers led by Swansea University have discovered that antibacterial organisms from soil at a churchyard in Northern Ireland could be used to fight superbugs.

For over 200 years, people have been flocking to a small parish in Boho near the Irish border where the soil was said to cure ailments.

The folk remedy is linked to a priest who served at the church in the early 1800's and is now buried there.

For the cure to work, people are instructed to wrap the soil in cloth and place it under your pillow.

But now, a group of scientists at Swansea University have found the soil actually contains an unknown strain of bacteria. These bacteria fight against superbugs resistant to antibiotics, including MRSA.

We found species of Streptomyces which are a species of bacteria that make antibiotics we use in modern medicine. We found theses Streptomyces killed some pathogens.

– Dr Gerry Quinn, Swansea University